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Dear Graebner Families:

It's hard to believe in just over two weeks the children will be back in school!! On behalf of the entire Graebner Staff, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We look forward to working together to help our students meet the challenges they will face as they live and work in the 21st century. Your Graebner Elementary Staff has been extremely busy this summer, not only with routine procedures, but also preparing for the many new faces we will welcome to our family this year. We can't wait to meet our new Dolphins, and welcome back all of our familiar faces as well, as we rebound and accelerate learning in the 21-22 school year!


Please take time to read and review the enclosed information regarding the start of school, as you will find many of your questions answered. Also keep in mind that the Essential Parent Guide that is provided below (click on link) is going to be updated as needed. One very effective means to communicate to our families is through email. Please be certain that your email address is up to date, so that you can receive valuable and timely school information.


If you require further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office. Throughout the year, look for our newsletter, The Dolphin Dispatch. This newsletter will be emailed to your inbox, and is designed as one tool to keep you aware of what is happening here at Graebner.



As a part of the Utica Community Schools, we hold high expectations regarding the success and achievement of all our students. Our staff strives to provide the most positive educational climate possible for academic growth. Don’t hesitate to call if you have a question, concern, or if you would like to find out how you can support us here at Graebner. By working together as a team, we can make this school year a very successful one for your child. I am looking forward to partnering with you in a successful school year!


Mrs. Wood

The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.